Monday, January 02, 2006

I've Calmed Down a Bit

My last post was a little hysterical, perhaps. But did I hear Pastor Guy Takashima refer to us today in closing prayer as "the last surviving generation of Christians?"

I have walked through doors of knowledge others have not, or are afraid to. There is no turning back once you acquire knowledge. This is not about being smarter, or thinking I have all the answers. This is about questioning what we think we know.

We are not in the last days. I would be willing to place a large wager on it.

All "Left Behind" eschatology is likely wrong. All of it. God is not a racist. Being Jewish doesn't matter to God. Accepting His forgiveness matters to Him.

There will be no rapture. Don't fool yourself. Do the research, and see how this doctrine came about. You'll be surprised.

Luther may be the "Father of Protestantism," but he had his opinions. He hated the book of James and disliked Revelation; he thought they should be removed from Scripture. So much for "Sola Scriptura" (and we Protestants think tradition has no place in the church. Ha!). He also thought the Sun revolved around the Earth. Again, do the research. It's all there.

Educate yourselves. Don't believe everything you hear. And don't trust people who say "God showed me" or "God told me" if you can refute it empirically. Facts will always trump "God told me." Okay, maybe that sounds atheistic. It's not. I just mean acknowledge that you know less than you think you do.

"The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false. "

"Beware of the person of one book." St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)